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    Easy Pasta Bake

    I love an easy Pasta Bake. They aren’t fancy or complicated, but they can taste really good. It’s an easy weeknight meal that can either feed a family of 6 or be dinner, lunch, and dinner again for 2. There are not many other types of dishes that really pull that off. For this Pasta Bake, I was aiming for a little spicier than my usual pasta sauce. I found this new pasta sauce at Whole Food (which was on sale, thank you Amazon Prime discounts). What caught my eye was that one of the ingredients was Calabrian Chili. I haven’t used those before, but I thought it could be…

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    Taco Tuesday: Chorizo Burrito Lasagna

    This Burrito “Lasagna” recipe was definitely a little bit of an experiment. By “little bit”, I guess I really mean a lot. Rob and I were just spit balling ideas for how could we make something like tacos or enchiladas a bit different. It is amazing what you can come up with when you have these kind of experimentation brainstorms. We started with well maybe we add some rice to enchiladas and make them more like baked burritos. Rob also suggested quesadillas as an option. Then we said chorizo. So those ideas swirled around for a bit. Through a bit more brainstorming we came up with this idea for what…

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    Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

    I wish I hadn’t taken so long to get into the cauliflower thing, its quickly become one of my favorite veggies. I love how it roasts to a perfect crispness, which makes it perfect to add some texture to Mac and Cheese. It also helps round out the dish a bit, definitely doesn’t make it “healthy” but adds a little more overall nutrition. I decided to make this Mac and Cheese with a “three nation” cheese blend. I did a combo of gruyere, manchego, and parmigiano reggiano. All three grate really easily and none are particularly overpowering. They are in many ways their countries equivalent cheese. Overall, I like a…

  • baked ziti
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    Skillet Baked Ziti

    Rob and I came up with this Baked Ziti recipe to give us an easy post-travel dinner. I wanted to get the general feel of baked ziti without the need for a separate casserole dish and an egg-based cheese mix. It worked out perfectly when we gave it an inaugural run, when Rob came home from a full week of work travel. The main benefit of this recipe is next to no real prep work. I just had to chop some fennel and mince garlic. Otherwise, I used some “cheat” ingredients like jarred pasta sauce. I do add some of my own flavor to the recipe, but after being out…

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    Pastitsio

    Pastitsio is one of Rob’s all-time favorite recipes. It is essentially a Greek lasagna/baked ziti dish. Pastitsio is a layer of pasta topped with a spiced meat layer followed by a bechamel layer. It is definitely a bit labor intensive but it is so delicious. I definitely see why Rob loves it so much. I love this too as it makes for a good make-ahead or leftovers dinner. We did break from tradition a little bit with this version. For this version, we used a ground beef and veal combo instead of traditional lamb. We made it with lamb once; however, lamb has a very strong flavor and competes a…